Authorities seized 17.6 tons that country of cocaine paste, is no longer a nation of transfer and has become a producer
This Central American country is no longer a nation of transfer but has become a drug producer, said the Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez in remarks published yesterday following the seizure in a Pacific port a shipment of 17.6 tons of pasta to make cocaine.
The Guatemalan authorities are on alert due to the seizure earlier this week of cocaine paste in Puerto Quetzal, about 105 kilometers south of the capital, Lopez told local newspaper Prensa Libre and Twenty-First Century .
The 17.6 tons of cocaine base were found in 80 barrels in a container that arrived last July 16 from Taiwan, after making a stop in Panama, according to preliminary research.
Lopez said that after the seizure, the first of cocaine paste in the country, “changes the idea they had that Guatemala was only used for the transfer.”
“We now know that there is a plan B, which is to produce cocaine in the last phase in the nearby market,” he said.
According to the minister, “Guatemala is no longer a place of transfer of drugs and has now become a producer of drugs, and the proof were the clandestine laboratories were discovered and destroyed in the country.”
The official said the Sinaloa cartel and the Sinaloa, led by Joaquin El Chapo Guzman may be the dominating drug trafficking in Puerto Quetzal, where before the cache of cocaine base seized tons of precursor chemicals this year.
In contrast, the Guatemalan political analyst Miguel Angel Sandoval said yesterday that it believes that Guatemala has become a time to another of a drug transit country to the producer, because there have been no major laboratories.
In his opinion, to say that Guatemala is a drug producing country have to do research and give evidence.
Considers that the increased drug trafficking in the country may be due to combat drug trafficking by Mexico, but said that there is indeed “a global network of drug trafficking.”
The shipment of cocaine paste seized by the authorities came disguised as varnish destined for an importer identified as Rading Adler, who works in the south of Guatemala City.
According to Lopez, has not been able to estimate the value of the seized and described as “a blow” to the drug seizure in Puerto Quetzal, though no arrests.
The minister did not rule out that drug trafficking has “bought wills of various officials and employees of the port.”
Meanwhile, in Washington, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), Department of U.S. Treasury announced the appointment of two individuals and 24 companies with ties to the Guatemalan drug trafficker Marllory Dadiana Chacon Rossell and others previously designated as drug .
The appointment yesterday, under the Act Designation Kingpin (Kingpin Act), prohibits U.S. citizens make financial or commercial transactions with these companies and individuals, and also freezes assets they may possess within the jurisdiction of the United States .
“The focus on corporate and financial network Marllory Chacon and colleagues is the core of our efforts.”
Arrested for attempting to pass a drug for an international bridge
A person who tried to enter the United States with 8.8 kilos of cocaine, reaching a value of up to $ 650,000, was arrested by Customs and Border Protection.
The spokesman for the American corporation, Eduardo Perez, said the assurance was made in the international crossing between Matamoros and Brownsville, in the neighboring state of Texas, to where he arrived the driver of a pickup truck, model 1999.
After an initial review of immigration documents and the vehicle, the driver was sent to thorough inspection with high-tech equipment and canine units, which warned of the presence of seven packages hidden inside the vehicle.
Drug trafficking in Guatemala
They warn that some Central American countries becoming narco-states.
On August 22, 2010, Institutions diplomatic, economic, military and private U.S. agree that 40 percent of Guatemalan territory already controlled by criminal groups as Los Zetas and the Gulf, so there is a risk that become the first narco-state in the region.
On April 6, 2011, Mario Castañeda, Vice Minister of Security of Guatemala, said the Mexican drug cartels have spread to Central America with his own violent practices generating death for stealing drug loads of other groups and removal of weapons of local institutions. He also reported that Los Zetas are led by The Cachetes and Juan Leon, fully identified, while the contact was Juan Ortiz El Chapo aka Chamala , who will be extradited to the United States.
On May 17, 2011, drug cartel Los Zetas decapitated 27 people on a farm in Peten, Guatemala.
On June 8, 2011 , Alvaro Colom, Guatemala’s former president said it is not the first time the Mexican drug trafficker visit that country and said that was where he was captured in Guatemala in 1993 and turned over to Mexican authorities. “It’s no secret that the cartels are trying to expand its territory. We understand that they move in and out of Guatemala. “
That same day, the Guatemalan Minister of Denfensa, Carlos Menocal, confirmed that El Chapo was seen in Puerto Barrios.
6 tons of marijuana
In Sonora, the PGR destroyed a plantation with at least 4 tons of marijuana.
A grow-with 180 thousand plants of marijuana weighing a total of four tons, located and burned PGR agents 16 kilometers from the town of Cucurpe in the mountains of Sonora.
In a press release, federal prosecutors explained that the plantation was an area of 45 thousand square meters.
In Reynosa, Tamaulipas, the Mexican army said little more than two tons of marijuana hidden inside a truck and arrested two people at the checkpoint Reynosa-Monterrey highway.
The Ministry of National Defense (SEDENA), through the Commander of Military Region IV and the Eighth Military Zone, said the drugs were hidden in 75 sacks.